NFL Draft: 2011 Big Board

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With the 2010 NFL Draft behind us, Scout.com's NFL Draft Analyst Chris Steuber gives fans an early look at the 2011 NFL Draft, as he debuts his Big Board. Find out who the top prospects are for next year's spring spectacle.


Senior
QB
6-3
226
2011 Draft Team Interest: | |
The consensus No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, Locker has the athleticism and skill set to be an elite player at the next level. He could have been a top 10 selection in the 2010 draft, but decided to return to school for his senior season. He completed 58.2-percent of his passes for 2,800 yards, 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions last year.
Senior
OT
6-7
325
2011 Draft Team Interest: | |
Carimi is a big, athletic lineman, who will draw comparisons to former Wisconsin star and current Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas. He's the early favorite to be the first tackle drafted next year.
Junior
CB
6-1
211
2011 Draft Team Interest: | |
An outstanding cover corner with great size and ball skills, Petersen enters his junior season as the top CB prospect in the country. He finished the 2009 season with 52 tackles and two interceptions.
Junior
WR
6-4
212
2011 Draft Team Interest: | |
Jones is a big time playmaker, who has great size and speed. He finished the 2009 season with just 43 receptions for 596 yards and four touchdowns. But his upside is off the charts, and he's destined to have a breakout season in 2010.
Senior
DT
6-3
305
2011 Draft Team Interest: | |
Austin made the right decision when he decided to stay in school for his senior year. If he entered the 2010 draft, he would have been lost in the mix of a deep DT crop. But now, he's the top DT in the country, and will try to improve on his 42 tackles and four sacks from a year ago.
Senior
DE
6-3
282
2011 Draft Team Interest: | |
Clayborn is a physical pass rusher, who possesses a quick first step and is disruptive in the backfield. He can play in a 3-4 or a 4-3. Clayborn finished the 2009 season with 70 tackles, 20 for a loss and 11.5 sacks.
Junior
DT
6-6
285
2011 Draft Team Interest: | |
It will be interesting to see how Crick does this season without Ndamukong Suh by his side. Obviously, Crick benefited from Suh, but he's a tremendous lineman in his own right. He has great size, and is a perfect 3-4 DE. Crick recorded 73 tackles, 15 for a loss and 9.5 sacks last season.
Senior
CB
6-1
200
2011 Draft Team Interest: | |
Amukamara is the most complete cornerback in next year's draft. He has great size and speed, and is a physical corner that possesses elite ball skills. He amassed 64 tackles, three for a loss, two sacks and five interceptions last year.
Senior
DE
6-6
287
2011 Draft Team Interest: | |
The son of former NFL running back Craig "Ironhead" Heyward, Cameron is a solid all around defensive end, who will be attractive to teams that run a 3-4 and a 4-3 defense. He plays with a high motor and finished the 2009 season with 46 tackles, 10 for a loss and 6.5 sacks.
Junior
WR
6-4
208
2011 Draft Team Interest: | |
Julio Jones may be the top WR eligible for the 2011 NFL Draft, but Green isn't too far behind. Green has a tremendous frame, flashes sure hands and runs crisp routes. Georgia had a down year last season and with a new QB at the helm, but Green still collected 53 receptions 808 yards and six touchdowns.
Senior
OLB
6-3
225
2011 Draft Team Interest: | |
It was a surprise when Carter decided to return to school for his senior year, because if he were available in the 2010 draft he would have been a first round pick. Carter has to add more bulk to his frame, but he's an explosive player that performed very well in 2009. He had 65 tackles, 7.5 for a loss, two sacks and an interception.
Junior
RB
5-10
215
2011 Draft Team Interest: | |
The 2009 Heisman Trophy winner, Ingram is a special talent, who has the size and quickness needed to excel at the next level. He's not a burner, but he's strong, runs with great balance and possesses an explosive burst. He finished the 2009 season with 271 carries for 1,658 and 17 touchdowns. He also caught 32 passes for 334 yards and three touchdowns.
Senior
OLB
6-2
240
2011 Draft Team Interest: | |
Miller is an explosive linebacker, who fits best in a 3-4 defense. He's a tremendous edge rusher and uses his speed and strength to his advantage. He was the most feared edge rusher in the nation last year and recorded 48 tackles, 21.5 for a loss and 17 sacks.
Senior
DE
6-6
288
2011 Draft Team Interest: | |
Bailey is a versatile defender who can play inside or outside, but translates best to a 3-4 scheme at the next level. He had 34 tackles, 11 for a loss and seven sacks last season.
Junior
DE
6-5
256
2011 Draft Team Interest: | |
Quinn is not only an outstanding defensive end, but he has a great story. As a high school senior, he had brain surgery to remove a benign tumor; a surgery that could have ended his career. But, he recovered quickly and has emerged as a premier talent. In 2009, he generated 52 tackles, 19 for a loss and 11 sacks.
rSophomore
QB
6-4
235
2011 Draft Team Interest: | |
There's a lot of hype surrounding Luck, as the 2010 season approaches. If all goes well and he produces the way many expect, he could emerge as a top 5 pick next season. He completed 56.3-percent of his passes for 2,575 yards, 13 touchdowns and four interceptions last year as a redshirt freshman.
Junior
OT
6-6
329
2011 Draft Team Interest: | |
Entering his third year as a starter, Reynolds has the size and athleticism that scouts covet. With another standout season his draft stock will continue to soar.
Senior
CB
6-2
200
2011 Draft Team Interest: | |
Dowling could have been a late first, early second round pick in the 2010 draft, but he decided to return to Virginia for his senior year. He has great size and speed, and is still developing his ball skills. He recorded 58 tackles, 2.5 for a loss, a sack and three interceptions.
Junior
QB
6-6
238
2011 Draft Team Interest: | |
There's no question that Mallett is one of the most talented quarterbacks in the nation. He has an elite arm and the size that scouts salivate over. He had surgery on his left foot back in February, but he's expected to be ready by June. In 2009, he completed 55.8-percent of his passes for 3,627 yards, 30 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Senior
DE
6-5
270
2011 Draft Team Interest: | |
Romeus is an athletic defensive end, who has the ability to drop back and play linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. But, most scouts will view him as a DE, and he will likely be a mid-first round pick next season. Romeus finished the 2009 season with 43 tackles, 11.5 for a loss, eight sacks and an interception.
Junior
FS
6-1
197
2011 Draft Team Interest: | |
Moore is the best safety in the nation. He has good size and speed, and possesses elite ball skills. He's on a tier lower than Eric Berry, but he's a special talent. Last year, Moore collected 49 tackles, three for a loss and 10 interceptions.
Senior
OG
6-2
290
2011 Draft Team Interest: | |
Despite being undersized, Hudson possesses rare strength and athleticism that makes him the best guard in the country. Over the last five years, interior linemen have become more and more valuable to teams, and Hudson will likely be a first round selection.
Mike Pouncey
Senior
C
6-5
320
2011 Draft Team Interest: | |
The twin brother of Maurkice Pouncey, Mike is on the same level as his brother, who was a first round pick this year. Just like his brother, Mike can play center or guard, and will be viewed as the top center prospect next year.
Senior
MLB
6-2
232
2011 Draft Team Interest: | |
Sturdivant is a steady player, and while he's not the most explosive Tar Heels defenders, he's the most reliable. He finished the 2009 season with 79 tackles, 12 for a loss and a sack.
Junior
WR
6-5
225
2011 Draft Team Interest: | |
In the mold of former Pitt star Larry Fitzgerald, Baldwin has elite size and the ability to be a game changer. As a sophomore last season, he hauled in 57 passes for 1,111 yards and eight touchdowns.
rSophomore
RB
5-10
206
2011 Draft Team Interest: | |
Williams could be ranked higher on this list, but he's a young player, and it will be interesting to see how he progresses this season. As a redshirt freshman last year, Williams carried the ball 293 times for 1,655 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also caught 16 passes for 180 yards and a touchdown.
Senior
DT
6-2
340
2011 Draft Team Interest: | |
Powe is the best nose tackle in the country, and is an impact player in the trenches. He's raw in certain areas, but he showed signs of dominance last year when he amassed 34 tackles, 12 for a loss and three sacks.
Senior
OT
6-9
305
2011 Draft Team Interest: | |
A former tight end, Solder moved to LT as a sophomore, and has become an intriguing prospect. He's extremely athletic and moves exceptionally well for a man of his stature. He has to get stronger and work on his technique.
Senior
RB
6-2
227
2011 Draft Team Interest: | |
A former JUCO standout, Thomas emerged on the scene last year and was the leading rusher in the Big 12. He has great size and speed, and rushed for 1,265 yards on 247 carries and 11 touchdowns. He also caught 25 passes for 257 yards.
Junior
WR
6-3
220
2011 Draft Team Interest: | |
Floyd is one of the most talented and physically gifted WRs in the country. But, he's been injury prone and that will concern NFL scouts. Floyd missed five games last year, but still managed to catch 44 passes for 795 yards and nine touchdowns.
Senior
QB
6-5
243
2011 Draft Team Interest: | |
Johnson is an intriguing quarterback prospect that has great size, a strong arm and has been very productive. He has to work on his mechanics and delivery, but he's a rising prospect. Johnson completed 59.6-percent of his passes for 3,579 yards, 30 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Davon House
Senior
CB
6-0
178
2011 Draft Team Interest: | |
The WAC produced a first round CB in Boise State's Kyle Wilson this year. And next year, House is the WAC favorite to contend for a spot in the opening frame. He had 68 tackles and three interceptions in 2009.



A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999. Steuber’s features are published across the Scout.com network and on FoxSports.com. If you wish to contact Chris Steuber, email him at: csteuber@scout.com. You can also now follow Chris Steuber on Twitter.

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